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[146] οἵη περ: “just as.”

δέ: in apodosis. § 3 n; GMT. 564.

ἀνδρῶν: here equiv. to “ἀνθρώπων”. — For the thought, cf. (“βροτῶν”) “δειλῶν, οἳ φύλλοισιν ἐοικότες ἄλλοτε μέν τε ζαφλεγέες” (full of fire and life) “τελέθουσιν, ἀρούρης καρπὸν ἔδοντες, ἄλλοτε δὲ φθινύθουσιν ἀκήριοι Φ” 464 ff., “ἡμεῖς δ᾽ οἷά τε φύλλα φύει πολυάνθεμος ὥρη ἔαρος, ὅτ̓ αἶψ̓ αὐγῇς᾿ αὔξεται ἠελίου, τοῖς᾿ ἴκελοι πήχυιον ἐπὶ χρόνον” (“for a span of time”) “ἄνθεσιν ἥβης τερπόμεθα” Mimnermus ii. 1 ff., “ἓν δὲ τὸ κάλλιστον Χῖος ἔειπεν ἀνήρ:” (this is the best thing that Homer ever said) | “οἵη περ φύλλων κτλ”. Simonides 69. 1 f., “ἄγε δὴ φύσιν ἄνδρες ἀμαυρόβιοι, φύλλων γενεᾷ προσόμοιοι” Ar. Birds 685, ‘As of the green leaves on a tree, some fall and some grow; so is the generation of flesh and blood, one cometh to an end and another is born,’ Wisdom of the Son of Sirach xiv. 18; ut silvae foliis pronos mutantur in annos, | prima cadunt, ita verborum vetus interit aetas Hor. Ars Poet. 60 f.

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